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Working Part Time as International Student in New Zealand

Working Part Time as International Student in New Zealand

Working Part Time as International Student in New Zealand

Working Part Time as International Student in New Zealand can be a good way to get work experience in New Zealand and this can help the student who currently studying in New Zealand. Beside gaining work experience, students will also develop some skills such as communication, teamwork, punctuality, and interpersonal skills, as well as English language.

Figured 1. Bekerja paruh waktu sebagai mahasiswa. Sumber: freepik

Figured 1. Working part-time as a student. Source: freepik

Currently, full time students can work part-time for 20 hours during academic sessions and full-time for 40 hours during the holiday. After graduation, international students are allowed to work for one (1) year.

Before doing a part-time job, students are required to get aa work permit from the immigration in New Zealand which require the students to pay a fee. The salary for a part-time worker ranged from NZD10-NZD15 per hour.

Working during academic session

To work up to 20 hours per week, students must meet a certain reqirements. The most common requirements are:

  • The duration of the chosen program study is at least two (2) years
  • The study leads to a New Zealand qualification that gains points under the Skilled Migrant Category
  • The student is taking an English language course that meets conditions approved by Immigration New Zealand

Figured 2. Pengalaman kerja saat menjadi mahasiswa. Sumber:

Figured 2. Gaining work experience as a student. Source:

In some cases, some students may allow to work more than 20 hours a week. Masters and research or Doctoral programs in New Zealand can work full-time during the academic sessions.

Working during the holidays

During the holiday, students are eligible to work full-time. Students can work full-time if the duration of the courses is one (1) year and is worth 120 credits or more.

If the program is full-time for one (1) academic year but worth less than 120 credits, the student may be able to work full-time during the Christmas and New year holiday break.

New Zealand has a wide range of industries that offer part-time and freelance work. Some institutions also offer part-time jobs such as teaching, tutoring, or administrative duties.

A paid internship is a way to gain work experience and expand the network in the areas that are related to the courses taken. Doing volunteer work can also provide an added value for the students’ CV.

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